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Baptisia australis (Wild Blue Redneck Lupine) #1182

Zone: 3a to 9b,

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$14.00   
Baptisia australis is an easy-to-grow, drought-tolerant, deer-resistant North American native that is always a perennial favorite (pardon the pun) for the border or the wild garden. This native has upright stems clothed with peanut-like, trifoliate (three-lobed), blue-green, waxy foliage on a clump that can easily cover an area 3' wide. In early spring before the clump bulks up, the awesome blue lupine-like flower racemes are held atop the foliage. Baptisia australis was selected by the Royal Horticultural Society as one of their top 200 plants of the last 200 years...quite an honor.

Baptisia 'Blonde Bombshell' PPAF (Blonde Bombshell Redneck Lupine) #8740

Zone: 4a to 9b,

Height: 40" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$15.00   
(Baptisia PDN 07-178) Baptisia 'Blonde Bombshell' is a 2014 Plant Delights release which, in our trials, has proven to be the best yellow-flowered baptisia that we've ever grown. This amazing 2007 Baptisia sphaerocarpa x Baptisia alba hybrid makes a 40" tall specimen, including the 1' tall terminal spike that is overly endowed with very showy, buttery yellow flowers. Baptisia 'Blonde Bombshell' typically starts flowering for us (NC) in late April. We think you're really going to enjoy having this blonde bombshell in your garden.

Baptisia 'Blue Towers' PPAF (Blue Towers Baptisia) #8338

Zone: 3a to 8b,at least

Height: 54" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$15.00   
(Baptisia PDN2004-157) A 2014 Green Thumb Award winner from the Direct Gardening Association! We have long felt the need for an improved baptisia with large blue-purple flowers and have been breeding toward that goal since 1998, culminating with our 2014 release of Baptisia 'Blue Towers'. This 2004 Baptisia australis x Baptisia alba hybrid has a very upright, tower-like form to 4.5', which includes a huge 20" tall flower spike of large blue-lavender flowers. The tall stalks without basal foliage allow for companion planting around the base. For us, Baptisia 'Blue Towers' starts flowering around late April (NC).

Baptisia 'Blueberry Sundae' PP 23,891 (Blueberry Sundae Redneck Lupine) #9455

Zone: 4a to 8b,at least

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$15.00   
Baptisia 'Blueberry Sundae' is a 2012 release from the breeding work of Walters Gardens' Hans Hansen that includes both North American natives Baptisia australis and the more compact Baptisia minor. Baptisia 'Blueberry Sundae' makes a refined 3' tall x 3' wide clump, topped in late April (NC) with 3' tall spikes of lavender blue flowers...a much improved Baptisia australis look-alike.

Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight' (Carolina Moonlight Redneck Lupine) #4218

Zone: 3a to 9b,

Height: 53" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$14.00   
We are thrilled to be able to offer this 2002 introduction from the late Rob Gardner. Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight' was discovered by Rob as a random seedling at the NC Botanical Garden. This cross of North American natives Baptisia sphaerocarpa and Baptisia alba produces a vigorous, easy-to-grow, deer-resistant, 3' wide garden specimen of blue-green foliage. Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight' is topped in late spring with stunning 18" spikes of soft buttery-yellow flowers. This great lupine substitute is long-lived, heat-loving, and drought-tolerant...you can't say the same for true lupines!

Baptisia 'Cherries Jubilee' PP 23,907 (Cherries Jubilee Redneck Lupine) #9452

Zone: 4a to 9b,

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$15.00   
This 2011 Hans Hansen introduction makes a well-branched 3' tall x 3' wide clump, topped in late April (NC) with flower stalks adorned with dark mahogany buds that open to cinnamon-colored flowers highlighted by yellow keels. As with all baptisia, its drought tolerance and deer-resistance are legendary. This is a wonderfully vigorous hybrid that you're sure to enjoy.

Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' PP 24,280 (Lemon Meringue Redneck Lupine) #9453

Zone: 4a to 9b,

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$15.00   
Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' is a yummy 2011 Hans Hansen hybrid that forms a 3' tall x 3' wide vigorous clump, topped with dark purple spikes and adorned with contrasting large, dark yellow flowers. You'll love this very vigorous, attractive selection for its beauty, drought-tolerance, deer-resistance, and overall durability.

Baptisia minor 'Melissa Blue' (Melissa Blue Dwarf Blue Indigo) #3714

Zone: 3a to 9b,

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
(syn: Baptisia australis var. minor A1T-002) If you have only grown Baptisia australis, then you've missed one of the best blue-flowered members of the genus Baptisia. Baptisia minor is its little known cousin that's actually superior to Baptisia australis in garden value. Take a Baptisia australis and shrink the leaves and plant to about half size, attach an 18-24" flower spike atop the clump, which is loaded with blue lavender flowers from mid-April until early May, and you have Baptisia minor. In the summer, the enormous black pods add garden interest as they cling to the sturdy old flower spikes. This offering is a seed strain from an excellently flowering form we selected from our original wild seed collection in Melissa, just north of Dallas, TX.

Baptisia minor var. minor 'Blue Bonnet' (Blue Bonnet Dwarf False Indigo) #3716

Zone: 3a to 9b,

Height: 30" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$15.00   
(syn: B. australis var. minor) Baptisia minor 'Blue Bonnet' is one of our selected clones from seed collected in 1998 from Melissa, Texas...just north of Dallas. Baptisia minor 'Blue Bonnet' is the earliest flowering of all the Baptisia minor clones we've grown, starting in early April (NC). Up to 50 flower spikes emerge prior to the unfurling foliage, opening like a dwarf Baptisia australis with 30" tall stalks of blue lavender flowers. The small blue-green trifoliate foliage provides a nice foil for the flowers. Baptisia minor is incredibly easy to grow and drought tolerant...a perfect rock garden specimen. The stalks of huge black seed pods extend the season of interest into summer.

Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' (Purple Smoke False Indigo) #2190

Zone: 3a to 9b,

Height: 50" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$15.00   
Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' is a 1996 introduction, selected by the late NC Botanical Garden curator Rob Gardner from seedlings at the garden. Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' is a cross of the North American native Baptisia minor var. aberrans (not Baptisia australis as is often printed) and a wandering Baptisia alba...obviously, some unsafe plant sex had taken place. The result is an extremely vigorous, deer-resistant baptisia with charcoal-green stems (when mature) and dozens of giant lupine-like flower heads of dusty purple. You will grow to love the outstanding Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' more each year as the clump matures...SUPERB!

Baptisia 'Royal Candles' PPAF (Royal Candles False Indigo) #3262

Zone: 3a to 8b,at least

Height: 46" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: United States Hybrid

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$16.00   
Baptisia 'Royal Candles' is a 2015 Plant Delights Nursery introduction that's unlike any baptisia introduction we've seen. Baptisia 'Royal Candles' is a hybrid of Baptisia australis and the little-used Baptisia tinctoria. The result is an insanely vigorous 30" tall x 6' wide specimen that emerges with dark purple stems clothed in narrow glaucous green leaves and topped, starting in late April (NC) with an amazing number of 16" tall spikes of royal purple flowers. Baptisia 'Royal Candles' is a wide showstopper in the garden, so allow plenty of room.

Baptisia sphaerocarpa 'Screamin' Yellow' (Screamin' Yellow False Indigo) #5405

Zone: 5a to 9b,at least

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

$15.00   
Baptisia 'Screamin' Yellow' is a selection of Baptisia sphaerocarpa from native plant guru Larry Lowman. Compared to our Texas and Oklahoma collections, the leaves on this Arkansas selection are slightly larger and more yellow-green. In our gardens, Baptisia 'Screamin' Yellow' makes a 3' tall x 5' wide deer-resistant clump, topped in late April/early May with stunning 11" spikes of bright yellow flowers. For a drought-tolerant perennial and a great spring show, it don't get no better than this.


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